Republican National Lawyers Association | (RNLA)
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Mr. John W. Bode

Regular Member
100 4th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002

Phone: 202-550-4732

Law School: George Mason University (1983)

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John Bode represents leading food companies and trade associations in regulatory compliance, congressional investigations and government relations matters, as well as serving as trade association general counsel. John has played a significant role in every major change in federal food law over the past 20 years and every Farm Bill since 1981. He was deeply involved in development of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act and the Food Safety Modernization Act. John was a technical advisor to the Republic of Mexico on phytosanitary standards during NAFTA negotiations.
John was named the 2009 Outstanding Member of the Institute of Food Technologists Food Laws and Regulations Division and delivered a Distinguished Lecture at IFTís 2010 Annual Meeting.
Before entering private practice in 1989, John served in three Presidential appointments at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was responsible for approximately one-half of the USDA budget, testified on behalf of the Reagan and Bush Administrations over 70 times and directly oversaw approximately 90 proposed and final rules.
Before joining USDA in 1981, he was on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and served on the staff of then-Governor of Oklahoma David L. Boren.
John was educated at the United States Naval Academy and the University of Oklahoma, receiving his B.A degree in 1977. He received his J.D. from George Mason University in 1983 and completed a non-degree program at Harvardís Kennedy School of Government. He was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in 1983 and currently is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association.

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